Friday, 1 January 2016

Simple How To View Free LIDAR Mapping of England and Wales

Ever since the Environment made their LIDAR data for most of England free to use I have been meaning to find a simple way to view it that didn't involve map geekery.

So here is my simple guide so I remember how to do it again, and it might interest you as well.

1) Go to https://data.gov.uk/publisher/environment-agency

2) Click on LIDAR Composite DTM - 2m or one of the other LIDAR data sets (doesn't matter much which at this point).

3) Click on blue "Preview on Map" button

You will then have a map of the UK and a long list of possible active layers on the left.

Scroll down and choose the LIDAR layer you want and zoom in on the map to the area you want.

Not all of England is covered and there are different levels of detail - and it is available as a Digital Surface Model produced from the signal returned to the LIDAR (which includes heights of objects, such as vehicles, buildings and vegetation, as well as the terrain surface) or as a Digital Terrain Model produced by removing objects from the Digital Surface Model.

Enjoy.


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UPDATE -

https://houseprices.io/lab/lidar/map does it all for you -

Here as an example is Bladon Camp - heavily overgrown so aerial Bing Map shot doesn't really show it but LIDAR does - https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1013234 for details of it.



UPDATE 2

A commentator, Sem, on http://www.megalithic.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=Forum&file=viewtopic&topic=6761&forum=2&start=0  points out that there is some Welsh data available as well.

http://lle.gov.wales/home?lang=en
To use on-line click on 'LiDAR Data Now Available' followed by the link to 'lle download portal" and finally on 'Preview'. Navigate the map as per Google and use the 'blue thingy' in the top right of the map to choose your base map and detail.
And here is a screen shot from Anglesey with a well known barrow in it :)








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